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    DescriptionVampires pervade popular culture, but for thousands of years before Bram Stoker penned "Dracula", people lived in terror of vampirical creatures - and recent discoveries shed new light on this primal fear and the legend and lore that has grown up around it. From ancient whispers in Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome, legends of vampiric demons passed through the centuries and around the globe, fed by misconceptions about the afterlife, fear of disease, and the unshakable feeling that demons might dwell among us. In "Vampire Forensics", Jenkins will revisit some of the touchpoints of vampire legend to base his tale in the historical record: shards of Persian pottery depicting blood-sucking demons; the epidemic of vampire stakings in 18th century Germany that challenged notions of Europe's Age of Enlightenment; and, the castle of Transylvanian count 'Vlad the Impaler' whose bloodthirsty methods added a new dimension to the vampire story. A highlight is the amazing recent discovery by National Geographic archaeologist Matteo Borrini of a 16th century Venetian grave of a plague victim suspected of being a vampire, buried with a brick through its mouth to prevent it from terrorising the living. A seductive mix of superstition and science that's sure to engross everyone from Anne Rice fans to serious students of archaeology and mythlogy.

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    Vampire Forensics
    Uncovering the Origins of an Enduring Legend
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mark Collins Jenkins
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 29 mm
    Weight: 458 g
    ISBN 13: 9781426206078
    ISBN 10: 1426206070

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: CUS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.7
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JFHF
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
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    Libri: I-SO
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: SOC011000
    DC22: 398.45
    BISAC V2.8: HIS010000
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    DC22: 398/.45
    BISAC V2.8: OCC016000
    LC classification: GR830.V3 J44 2010
    National Geographic Society
    Imprint name
    National Geographic Society
    Publication date
    16 April 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Hanover, PA
    Author Information
    Mark Jenkins is chief historian of the National Geographic Society's archives.
    Review quote
    “A lively and entertaining survey of the historical and scientific materials relating to the natural phenomena that earlier centuries relentlessly misinterpreted as evidence for the undead.” –The Washington Post